UQ Business School lecturers receive national awards30 September 2014

Dr Richard Robinson and Dr Yunxia Zhu.

UQ Business School lecturers, Dr Richard Robinson and Dr Yunxia Zhu, have been recognised as among the best in Australia, receiving Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the 2014 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Overall three UQ lecturers and a team of teaching staff have each received a $10,000 prize at the Queensland Citation Awards ceremony held in Brisbane.

Tourism Senior Lecturer, Dr Robinson, was cited for his efforts to motivate students towards successful leadership roles in the hospitality industry by providing them with practical and authentic learning experiences, bridging the theory-practice divide.

Dr Robinson said that receiving the citation is a real privilege and that it has actually come with an unexpected benefit.

“As a result of the personal reflection that was involved to generate a competitive application my teaching and learning practices have improved. Therefore, the citation not only has benefited me as a lecturer but my students as well” he said.

Dr Yunxia Zhu, Strategy Senior Lecturer, has received her citation for promoting intercultural competence and understanding among her students by adopting a ‘learning-by-doing’ approach.

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanne Write congratulated Dr Bronwyn Lea (School of English, Media Studies and Art History), Dr Richard Robinson (UQ Business School), Dr Yunxia Zhu (UQ Business School) and the UQ French Team (School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies) on their success.

“These annual citations recognise the efforts to inspire and encourage their students by using innovative teaching techniques and often the latest technology and by examining and improving previously accepted methods,

“Receiving such a high national honour recognises the importance of great teachers in our university and in the learning experiences of our students” she said.

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